Perthshire Amber – The Dougie MacLean Festival returns for a 12th year of fantastic music, first-class talent and a packed programme for festival fans. Scotland’s award-winning autumnal music festival, which attracts global audiences, has already sold-out four of the concerts and festival organisers are predicting another successful year.
Renowned Scottish singer songwriter Dougie MacLean, who is the musical director and founder of the festival, will be joined by a stellar mix of musical talent, including Julie Fowlis, who’ll perform in the atmospheric Murthly Castle Chapel and Perth Concert Hall, Duncan Chisholm, who takes to the stage in the majestic Dunkeld Cathedral and Castle Menzies, as well as festival favourite Tim Edey who’ll charm audiences at the Crannog on Loch Tay and other venues. Cilla Fisher and Archie Trezise, of Singing Kettle fame will also be joining the all-star cast at the ‘Dougie MacLean and Friends’ concert, as well as Artie performing ‘Artie’s Tartan Tales’ in the Wee Festival Hall.
This year the popular-festival, which attracted global audiences from 27 countries in 2015, has distilled the length of the festival from ten days to four, as organisers have taken the decision to condense and refine the festival, whilst still maintaining the popular mix of concerts, sessions and community events. The festival’s opening concert will feature the hugely talented Siobhan Wilson from Glasgow described by The Scotsman (Jan 2016) as “Mesmerising… a hugely exciting talent”. Siobhan follows in the footsteps of Rachel Sermanni (2014), Bella Hardy (2015) who both performed at opening concerts in their respective years and have both gone on to achieve great critical acclaim.
Dougie MacLean’s Caledonia Cantata will be a highlight (Friday 4th November) as he takes to the stage with strings and Celtic musicians and his wonderful melodies and compelling songs. Then on Saturday 5th November Dougie MacLean and Friends promises lively collaborations and a very entertaining evening of music. Both concerts take place at the prestigious Perth Concert Hall and tickets can be bought from the festival box office or directly from the Concert Hall.
The festival is committed to supporting emerging talent and the excellent Cabaret Amber hosted by Gina Macleod and Alan Jordan will run in the early evenings and the ever-popular Open Mic will take place on Saturday and Sunday afternoons in the Wee Festival Hall, Amber Central (Royal Hotel, Dunkeld).
The fantastic Decorated Wheelbarrow Parade returns to the streets of Dunkeld and after the success of the Amber Autumn Picnic (which attracted crowds of 2,000 last year) will return and includes a free concert in the beautiful setting of Stanley Hill (just tucked in behind the main street in Dunkeld).
The Pub Sessions will continue with the pubs in Dunkeld and surrounding villages hosting sessions of free music and new for 2016 are the Café Concerts, which will be intimate music concerts in the late morning or early afternoon in relaxed settings throughout Perthshire.
Jennifer MacLean, Festival Director said:
“We’re delighted once again with our line-up for 2016, and I’m amazed by just how much inspiring music and celebration you can cram into four days! So pop the dates in your diary…especially that special Sunday in Dunkeld with the Wheelbarrow Parade and Amber Autumn Picnic and Concert …it’s a unique and really quite moving event. I’m sure all our visitors will enjoy the sights and sounds of autumnal Perthshire and we look forward to welcoming new festival-goers and familiar friendly faces back to Dunkeld and to all our other special venues in stunning autumnal Perthshire.”
Phone the box office on 0044 (0)1350724281 or go to the website www.perthshireamber.com for more information and tickets.
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Notes to editors:
- Dougie MacLean OBE is one of Scotland's finest songwriter-composers, internationally renowned for his song 'Caledonia', music for 'Last of the Mohicans' and inspired performances worldwide - from New York's Carnegie Hall to London's Festival Theatre and The Sydney Opera House.
- MacLean's songs have been covered by Paolo Nutini, Amy MacDonald, Ronan Keating, Mary Black, Frankie Miller, Cara Dillon, Kathy Mattea and many other top performers. He's recently received two prestigious Tartan Clef Awards, a place in the Scottish Music Hall of Fame and an OBE in the 2011 New Year Honours list. ‘Caledonia’ was recently voted one of Scotland’s best loved songs on the ITV Show ‘Scotland’s Greatest Album’. Dougie was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to song writing in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.
- The Perthshire Amber Festival is grateful to the following funders and supporters: Creative Scotland; Perth & Kinross Council; Caledonia Best; Bell &Co Chartered Accountants; Butterstone Management & Events; Butterstone Studios; House of Hearing; VisitScotland; Scotmid Co-op; Palmerstons, Dunkeld; Celtic Music Radio; Perth & Kinross Heritage Trust; National Trust for Scotland; The Royal Hotel Dunkeld and all the local businesses who offer support through the PALS scheme.
- The festival organisers were proud to receive a Scottish Thistle Award for Best Event or Festival 2015